India tour of Australia: Australia Vs India 3rdTest Live Scores at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 2014.
Match scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (00:00 GMT)
Series: India tour of Australia 2014
Match Teams: Australia Vs India
Match Time: 5:30 AM IST, 00:00 GMT
Match Venue: Played at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Toss :Australia, who chose to bat first
Recent Matches results:
Australia WW LL W
India L L L L L
pitch report : Melbourne's drop-in pitch will offer some early seam movement before drying out and likely offering assistance for reverse swing through its abrasive surface. Weather for the week is forecast to be moderate.
Preview :Coming up to the 10th anniversary of his Test debut, Shane Watson returns to the MCG, his most productive ground by a distance. This is just as well, because Watson's recent struggles and the emergence of Mitchell Marsh have made questions about his value more pertinent than ever. It is conceivable that a quiet match in Melbourne could see Watson tipped out of the Test team for Sydney, should Marsh be fit and Joe Burns make a productive start. So there will be plenty of eyes on Watson over the next five days.As Ricky Ponting has pointed out, MS Dhoni has a vexing task on his hands to stave off feelings of frustration and irritation among his tourists in unfamiliar parts of the world. He has of course become familiar with these issues on previous tours, but as India develops a team that might be capable of winning away from home sooner rather than later, attitude is all important. A more specific job Dhoni must undertake in Melbourne is to try to coax more runs from India's tail. For all the feats of M Vijay and Virat Kohli thus far, a lack of lower order support has allowed Australia to keep ahead.Alongside the debutant Joe Burns, Ryan Harris is also set to return in place of Mitchell Starc. David Warner has shrugged off a badly bruised thumb and has also been spotted reviving his leg breaks in the nets. Shaun Marsh is also fine after a knock in training.
Match Stats :Joe Burns will be Australia's fifth debutant in 2014, following Alex Doolan, Mitch Marsh, Steve O'Keefe and Josh Hazlewood.
India's last win against Australia at the MCG took place in February 1981. Defending a target of 143, Karsan Ghavri, Dilip Doshi and Kapil Dev razed Greg Chappell's side for a mere 83.
With 323 runs in two Tests, M Vijay is more than halfway to Rahul Dravid's series aggregate record for an Indian batsman in Australia - 619 in the four Tests of 2003-04.